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POWWOWS OF MANITOULIN
Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation Traditional Powwow
1st Weekend in June - Lake Road, Aundeck Omni Kaning
The Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation Traditional Powwow is held on the 1st weekend of June each year at the AOK powwow grounds on Lake Road. Enjoy the traditional dances, drumming, art, and cuisine all while taking in the views of beautiful Lake Huron and the North Channel.
Sheshegwaning First Nation Traditional Powwow
2nd Weekend in June - Sheshegwaning Powwow Grounds
The Sheshegwaning First Nation Traditional Powwow takes place each year on the 2nd weekend of June at the Sheshegwaning Powwow Grounds. The welcoming and close-knit community makes it a perfect place for this celebration, and visitors are able to take in traditional dancing, food, crafts, drumming, and more.
Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation Traditional Powwow
2nd Weekend in July - Sagamok Powwow Grounds
The Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation Traditional Powwow takes place on the 2nd weekend of July each year at the Sagamok Powwow Grounds. Sagamok First Nation is just north of Manitoulin Island on the North Shore, near Spanish and Walford. The weekend is full of exciting traditional and cultural experiences, including dancing, drumming, vendors, and a feast.
Civic Holiday Weekend (August) - 18A Kaboni Road, Wiikwemkoong - 705-859-2385
The Wiikwemkoong Annual Cultural Festival is held every year on the August long weekend at Thunderbird Park. The inspiring festival includes traditional dancing, drumming, authentic native cuisine & crafts, native art, workshops, and much more.
Whitefish River First Nation Traditional Powwow
3rd Weekend in August - Sunshine Alley, Whitefish River
The Whitefish River First Nation Traditional Powwow is held on the 3rd weekend in August each year at the Whitefish River Powwow grounds (accessed off of Sunshine Alley). Whitefish First Nation is just north of Manitoulin on Highway 6, between the island and Espanola. The powwow grounds are located at the foot of Dreamer's Rock, a very spiritual spot for members of the people of Whitefish River. The festival features traditional drumming, dancing, vendors, and more.
Zhiibaahaasing First Nation Traditional Powwow
4th Weekend in August - Zhiibaahaasing Powwow Grounds
The Zhiibaahaasing First Nation Traditional Powwow is held on the 4th weekend of August each year at the Zhiibaahaasing Powwow Grounds. Besides the traditional dancing, drumming, cuisine, and vendors, Zhiibaahaasing is also home to three famous monuments. At the powwow grounds you will also be able to visit the World's Largest Peace Pipe, the World's Largest Dream Catcher, and the World's Largest Powwow Drum.
M'Chigeeng First Nation Traditional Powwow
1st Weekend in September - M'Chigeeng Powwow Grounds
The M'Chigeeng First Nation Traditional Powwow is held on Labour Day weekend each year, and is the final festival of Manitoulin's season. The weekend is full of traditional celebrations including dancing, drumming, music, as well as an abundance of vendors who sell food, crafts, apparel, art and much more.
FESTIVALS OF MANITOULIN
2nd Weekend in June - 5143 Highway 551, Providence Bay - 705-677-5341
Bluegrass in the Country is a yearly bluegrass festival held to raise funds for Manitoulin Special Olympics. The event is held on the 2nd weekend of June at the Providence Bay Fair Grounds (behind the arena). Bluegrass in The Country is sponsored by many local businesses in order to keep the event running and continue to provide support to the Special Olympics team.
There are many reasons to attend this festival, including an award-winning lineup of bluegrass musicians, vendors, food, and a great cause!
3rd Weekend in June - 6064 Highway 542, Mindemoya
Pearson Cup is a softball tournament held over Father's Day Weekend at the Mindemoya ball fields (behind the hall/municipal building). There are two divisions to the tournament, the Sportsman and the 35ers. There are refreshments available and the community comes together to play in and watch the games. There is also a 19+ dance held on the Saturday night.
Canada Day Celebrations
Canada Day Weekend - Various communities across the Island
Canada Day in Gore Bay typically kicks off with the dance and beer gardens at the Gore Bay Legion. There is an annual parade through the town with participants walking, on bikes, on ATVs, in decorated trailers, and more. The community yard sale and BBQ always draws a crowd. Children can enjoy themselves with a bouncy castle, face painting, and other games/activities running throughout the afternoon. The celebrations conclude with a community baseball game and fireworks.
The Silver Water Community Centre & Hall is home to many annual Canada Day celebrations. These include the Silver Water United Church Women community picnic, BBQ, parade, bake sale, and children's races/activities throughout the afternoon.
The Township of Burpee-Mills hosts a licensed potluck dinner and dance at their community hall. This event brings the community together for a wonderful evening of food, dancing, and music!
Canada Day wouldn't be complete without the Ice Lake community picnic. This event is a potluck, and also includes live/silent auctions,
Canada Day Weekend corresponds to Central Manitoulin's Homecoming Weekend - making their celebrations extra special! The events include a men's fastball tournament, the homecoming parade, kids' games/activities, a dinner/licensed dance, the Mindemoya classic triathlon, a horseshoe tournament, and the fireworks display at the ball field.
The Providence Bay Discovery Centre hosts a variety of events throughout the day, including games for kids and a sandcastle building competition. There is also a yard sale hosted by the Providence Bay/Spring Bay Lions Club. Celebrations conclude with a fireworks show on the beach.
Canada Day in South Baymouth has something for everyone. There is a yard sale hosted by the Tehkummah Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a BBQ, silent auction, parade through town, and a fish fry at John Budd Park. The weekend finishes off with a bang during the fireworks show over the South Baymouth harbour.
The Assiginack Fire Department hosts an annual BBQ at the Manitowaning Beach. There is also a waterslide, kids games, cardboard boat races, and other activities on the waterfront. Fireworks commence at dusk at the arena fairgrounds.
The Little Current Business Improvement Area hosts the annual Canada Day Summer Fair. The fair draws crowds from all communities, with free cruises, dozens of vendors, a farmers' market, live music and entertainment, kids games, a town-wide yard sale, cake and prizes, and much more!
3rd Weekend in July - Old Mill Road, Kagawong
Kagawong Summer Fest brings together community spirit in Kagawong & Billings Township on the 3rd weekend in July each year. There are a variety of events throughout the weekend. These include movies on the beach, a BBQ lunch, a market, games for the whole family, a kids decorated bike parade, and more. The activities are sponsored by various groups in the community including members of Economic Development, the Museum Board, and Billings Public Library.
3rd Weekend in July - Various locations across the Island
The Maintoulin Fine Art Tour is put on by the Manitoulin Fine Arts Assosciation annually on the 3rd weekend in July. The tour involves over 50 exhibitors across the entire island. The map is publicly available and published in the local newspapers for art connoisseurs to follow. Visitors can take in the beauty of local talent by following the numbered locations. Exhibitors include art galleries, local painters, sculptors, clothing/jewelry vendors, and much more.
3rd Weekend in July - 59 Vankoughnet Street, Manitowaning
The Manitowaning Summerfest takes place every year on the third weekend of July at the Manitowaning arena and fairgrounds. The weekend includes a variety of exciting events, including the Jim Case Memorial Ball Tournament, live music, a pancake breakfast, vendors, children's games an inflatables, lawn mower races, a bike pull, a soapbox derby, and a licensed 19+ video dance. One of the most famous draws to the festival is the smash-up derby on the Sunday afternoon.
3rd Weekend in July - 5143 Highway 551, Providence Bay
Motorcycle enthusiasts from far and wide travel to Manitoulin Island to enjoy the Ride Manitoulin Motorcycle Rally. The event takes place on the 3rd weekend of July at the Providence Bay Fairgrounds, however visitors also get to enjoy a scenic ride around all of Manitoulin. The event includes live entertainment, camping, a poker run, vendors, a beer garden, group rides, games, and much more.
4th Weekend in July - 15 Water Street, Gore Bay - 705-282-2420
Enjoy a fun filled weekend for the whole family at Gore Bay Harbour Days, held on the 4th weekend in July annually. The weekend includes events such as a farmers market, dinghy races, an outdoor movie, beer gardens, a pancake breakfast, a summer water sports travelling show, shows by Gore Bay Summer Theatre, a cardboard boat regatta, a classic car show, a fish fry, and a licensed 19+ dance.
1st Weekend in August - Water Street, Little Current
Perhaps one of the most famous festivals on the island, Haweater Weekend is celebrated on the 1st weekend of August each year in downtown Little Current. The weekend is jam packed with things to do, such as vendors, kids inflatables, a BBQ, a mixed slo-pitch tournament, live entertainment, the Haw Run, soap box racing, the annual Haweater Car Show, the Miss Manitoulin pageant, a horse show, a beach volleyball tournament, cardboard boat races, the Haweater Parade, a fireworks display, and much more. There are also multiple dances including a teen dance and licensed 19+ Hawfest dance on Saturday night, as well as a street dance on Sunday before the fireworks. The festival is hosted by the Little Current Lions Club and sponsored by many generous community partners.
2nd Weekend in August - 1 Radio Road, Little Current - 705-368-1998
Manitoulin Country Fest is Northern Ontario's premier country music festival, drawing crowds from across the province and beyond. The festival is held on the 2nd weekend of August each year and includes an award winning lineup every time. There is tent and trailer camping, beer gardens with games and activities, vendors, a VIP area, campsite decorating, and boat cruises. Past performers have included names such as Tanya Tucker, Lee Brice, Billy Ray Cyrus, Paul Brandt, Dwight Yokam, Corb Lund, Brett Kissel, Josh Turner, Tim Hicks, George Canyon, Blue Rodeo, and many more.
2nd Weekend in August - 18777 Highway 6, Tehkummah - 705-859-2470
Astronomy lovers gather at Gordon's Park on the 2nd weekend of August each year to enjoy the Perseids Meteor Party & Aurora Watch. Gordon's Park is a privately owned dark sky preserve, making it the perfect location to take in the beauty of the yearly meteor showers. Other events include the welcome and meet & greet, aurora watch, stargazing night hike, guided astronomy tour sessions, sungazing solar observing and more. Visitors also have access to all park amenities such as the outdoor pool, the mini-putt course, trails, and interpretive centre.
3rd Weekend in August - 1 Radio Road, Little Current - 705-368-1998
Hosted by 92.7 Rock, McQuarrie Motors, and the same great people who brought you Manitoulin Countryfest, Rockin The Rock is Manitoulin's first rock festival. The event is held on the 3rd weekend of August annually at the Countryfest grounds. The weekend includes tent and trailer camping, vendors, beer gardens, and a lineup of amazing performers every year. Past entertainers have included names such as Platinum Blonde, Toronto, Glass Tiger, Helix, and many more.
3rd Friday in August - 5143 Highway 551, Providence Bay - 705-377-5003
Held on the weekend of the 3rd Friday in August, the Providence Bay Fair is a longstanding tradition on Manitoulin Island. The fun-filled weekend includes an exhibit hall for art, baking, quilts, and more, a light horse show, petting zoo, live entertainment, the Fair Ambassador competition, a soap box derby, the kids zone, pancake breakfast, tractor show, the parade, heavy draft horse pull, the Manitoulin's Got Talent competition, the Family Fun competition, and so much more. Of course, the fair wouldn't be complete without the many vendors and the midway rides/games provided by Albion Amusements.
4th Weekend in August - 59 Vankoughnet Street, Manitowaning - 705-859-3196
The Manitoulin Deer Show is held every year on the 4th weekend in August at the Assiginack arena. The event includes lectures on various hunting topics, vendors with everything you will need, door prize draws, a wild game cook-off, a mounted head competition, and a game camera contest.
2nd Weekend in September - 59 Vankoughnet Street, Manitowaning - 705-859-3196
Everyone knows fall is getting started when it's time for the traditional Manitowaning Fall Fair. The fair takes place every year on the second weekend in September at the Assiginack fairgrounds. The busy weekend includes a variety of vendors/exhibits, live entertainment, a bake sale/canteen, pancake breakfast, parade, BBQ, horse show, livestock judging, horse pull, wagon rides, and other kids activities.
3rd Weekend in September - 10862 Highway 6, Sheguiandah - 705-368-3500
The Sheguiandah Fall Fair takes place on the 3rd weekend of September at the Centennial Museum grounds. The fair features a large variety of exhibits including baking, crafts, art, and much more. There is also live entertainment, speakers, and demonstrations throughout the festival. Visitors can also enjoy a BBQ lunch during their time at the fall fair.
Thanksgiving Weekend - 43 Queen Street, Manitowaning - 705-859-1820
The Six Foot Festival is held by Debajehmujig Theatre Group at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre. Each year has a unique theme which local artists interpret and turn into various art instillations, which are created on a piece of land that is 6 feet by 6 feet. The weekend not only includes the art exhibition, but also features many fascinating workshops as well as a fundraiser event.